Winning Continent: Continent of the Winning Nation Betting

14th April 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Betting & Odds
World Cup Betting & Odds

This market is fairly simple; simply predict which continent you think will have the winning representative in South Africa. The two popular nations, and the bookies favourites, are Europe and South America. This is because of many reasons, one being that no-one outside of Europe or South America has ever lifted the coveted World Cup trophy. However, South Africa has never hosted a World Cup before this summer, so records have already been broken. Will we have out first non-European/South American winner over the summer?

 

 

Africa (CAF) – 6

 

Algeria

Cameroon

Ghana

Ivory Coast

Nigeria

South Africa

 

Asia (AFC) – 4

 

Australia

Japan

North Korea

South Korea

 

Europe (UEFA) – 13

 

Denmark

England

France

Germany

Greece

Holland

Italy

Portugal

Serbia

Slovakia

Slovenia

Spain

Switzerland

 

Oceania (OFC) – 1

 

New Zealand

 

North America (CONCACAF) – 3

 

Honduras

Mexico

USA

 

South America (CONMEBOL) – 5

 

Argentina

Brazil

Chile

Paraguay

Uruguay

 

 

As you can see, Europe has a substantial amount more participants than any other continent, seven more than Africa, which has the second highest participants, so it’s instantly understandable why bookies have made Europe the shortest priced continent to boast a winner in South Africa. However, for most of the European nations, the environment won’t be like anything they’ve ever experienced before, or at least a million miles off their usual day to day lifestyle. It’s expected to be cold, though, in South Africa, what with it being winter over there at the time of the finals, which should enhance the chances of some European nations as the likes of Slovenia, Slovakia and Denmark all hail from naturally cold climates. Countries like Spain and Portugal however, could very well struggle to adapt to the cold surroundings. The main reason why bookies have made Europe the overwhelming favourite is because they have so many potential winners, nearly triple the amount of any other nation.

 

Possible 2010 Winners: England, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Portugal, Spain

European Winners: 9 (Italy x4, Germany x3, France x1 & England x1)

Continent Winning Odds: 1.44 Boylesports

 

 

The nations with a huge, environmental if you like, advantage will be the African teams. The surroundings won’t come as a surprise as for most, Africa is where their childhood was spent. The majority will have also spent many years playing football in Africa, and that too will be a plus. They also won’t be phased by the change in altitude. The fact they have six teams, the second highest, means their chances of success will be far greater than some continents, although Africa is still perceived as being a continent without any major football nations. They’ve had country’s down the years who’ve made a name for themselves with some famous victories, but no African team has ever won the World Cup. The hopes of a continent rest on Ivory Coast shoulders as with the strongest squad of the lot in Africa, they stand the best chance, the only chance in many respects, of going all the way in the summer and making history.

 

Possible 2010 Winner: Ivory Coast

African Winners: None

Continent Winning Odds: 17.00 BetFred

 

 

South America, a continent with fewer well established footballing nations than Europe but equal in the amount of winners with 9. The first nation that springs to mind when you think of South America is the Samba kings, Brazil. It might be worth mentioning that of the 9 times a South American country has won the World Cup, on five occasions has it been done outside of their own continent, while Brazil can account for four of those. The positive from a South American perspective is they can handle most altitudes and will find South Africa a breeze as far as that’s concerned. However, the weather could be an issue as the likes of Brazil & Argentina are well renowned for their hot climates. In fairness, though, most of their players play abroad so that shouldn’t be a problem. However, the big negative is they only boast two nations who look capable of winning this years show-piece; Brazil & Argentina.

 

Possible 2010 Winners: Argentina & Brazil

South American Winners: 9 (Brazil x5, Argentina x2 & Uruguay x2)

Continent Winning Odds: 3.30 Expekt

 

 

North American football teams are in stark contrast to that of South American in that their football is played in a completely different manner and style, while North American football isn’t as attractive on the eye. To be perfectly honest, North America just hasn’t produced enough good footballers over the years, with no-one of major quality or global presence in any of the three North American teams. Mexico and USA have a squad full of players who ply their trade in Europe, some at some big clubs, but very few are what punters and pundits would like to class as ‘world-class’ or have the ability to win a game of football single handily. The fact they have just three nations representing North America in South Africa is a numerical disadvantage, while the lack of quality within the continent means a North American winner is extremely unlikely. You should also bare in mind that like South Africa, North America has never had a World Cup winning nation despite the fact their two best representatives, Mexico and USA, have done the continent proud in recent tournament. Mexico have always been held in high regard due to their generally high FIA Ranking while USA have been a tough nut to crack in recent tournaments, even pushing Brazil close in the Confederations Cup final back in 2009.

 

Possible 2010 Winner: Mexico

North American Winners: None

Continent Winning Odds: 50/1 StanJames

 

 

We have yet another nation, Asia, which has never won a World Cup before and will aim to make history in South Africa. The best performance from an Asia representative came back in 2002 when South Korea and Japan co-hosted the World Cup finals. South Korea were the surprise package then, a team which finished top of Group B in qualifying for the 201o World Cup, when they finished the tournament in fourth place. Their valiant displays caught the imagination of an entire continent back in 2002 and will have had fans back home dreaming of another scintillating run in South Africa. However, genuine world-class quality is at a premium in Asia despite their best efforts to make the popularity of the sport grow. They have steadily improved over the years though, while their best chance of success this year come in the form of South Korea and Australia. The cold weather conditions could become a factor however, as Australia especially is beaming with sunshine for most months of the year.

 

Possible 2010 Winner: None

Asia Winners: None

Continent Winning Odds: 100/1 Expekt

 

 

Our Pick: Europe (Continent of the Winning Nation) @ 1.44 Boylesports

 

You won’t go too far wrong with backing a European nation to win South Africa’s first ever World Cup finals. Not only is it a continent which boasts the best FIFA ranked team in the world in Spain, but it also has a host of nations which are very consistent when it comes to making progress in a World Cup (Italy, Germany, Portugal). We reckon there are as many as seven potential winning nations from Europe. That’s five more than any other nation, so the odds look fairly generous when you think about it.

 

The obvious danger will be South America (3.30 Expekt). Brazil, the second best team in the world according to the rankings, and Argentina, boasting the best player in the world in Lionel Messi, will be their biggest players this summer aiming to be the first nation to win a World Cup on South African soil.

 



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